Ancient Rome podcast by Melbourne’s La Trobe University tops UK iTunes chart

itunesA podcast about ancient Rome produced by La Trobe University has topped the iTunes collections in England and hit number two in Australia.

The series called Emperors of Rome stayed at number one for a week and had more than 40,000 downloads.

ABC Melbourne carried the story :

Latinum podcast

 The Latinum podcast – –  has now compiled its third year of statistics. Large numbers of users keep visiting the podcast – between 150 – 200 new visitors every day, with thousands of audio files downloaded every 24 hours.

Those without fast internet connections can now purchase the podcast mp3s on DVD at the Latinum Store where prices are kept to a minimum – Latinum specialises in making audio courses from out of copyright Latin texts – such as Adler’s Practical Grammar, Corderius, and Comenius.

The most recent compilation is a 17 hour audio DVD with a beginner’s introduction to De Bello Gallico. This year, for the first time, Latinum was chuffed to see it had picked up a significant number of visitors from the Vatican – 177 unique visits over the course of the year ( repeat visits do not figure in the stats).Latinum started collecting visitor statistics in 2008. Since 4 May 2008: 127,127 unique visitors have visited the site, and an average of 250 000 individual audio files are downloaded per month.

 Over 5000 of the visitors to Latinum in the last 12 months were from the UK. Schola, the social networking site linked to Latinum, which only permits its users to use Latin, now has almost 1500 members. Schola started out as a free network hosted on Ning – this year, Ning is closing all its free networks – and will be charging $20 a month ground rent. Because of the language issue, Schola could not migrate elsewhere. The members of Schola rapidly responded, and in 2 days, sufficient funds were raised to cover the hosting of Schola for the next 15 months. Schola continues to grow at the rate of around 2-3 new members per day.

Evan Millner , London.

Lucy and Boris support the push for Latin

LBC Radio has been airing discussion on the merits of re-instating Latin into the curriculum in State schools , to rank alongside modern European languages such as French and Spanish. The push came from an interview they did with Boris Johnson. Apparently Boris made a joke that he secretly would like to be Education Secretary and if he were he would make Latin a Modern Language on the National Curriculum! They debated whether it should be and why room should be made for Latin in preference to other languages such as Chinese.  As a follow-up, LBC then interviewed Lucy Benson, teacher of Latin at King Edward’s G.S. Chelmsford.  Subsequent  comments from pupils who had or who were studying it were generally very positive. You can listen to Lucy’s interview here.

Audio of Virgil Eclogues

Thanks to Rogue Classicism for the link.

This is on Libri Vox .

We should be grateful for the effort that has gone into making the audio available, but having listened to Ec. 1 I can’t fully commend the result.

The two readers (Leni Ribeiro and hefyd) recorded at different times and places, judging by the sound. The man used the better equipment and his sound quality is good. The woman’s voice has too much background hiss.

I don’t believe vowel quantities would pass ArLT recording standards. I had an engineer from the gas company knock on the door to investigate a leak in the middle, so I didn’t give the recording my full attention, but still I wasn’t happy with it. But give it a try yourself.

Ancient History podcasts

Some teachers may enjoy the Ancient History podcasts on the campaigns of Caesar and on the age of the trireme.

I have also found audio pieces on the make-up of the Legion and the Greek phalanx and the Roman legion.

Pro Roscio new audio

I've made a podcast of chapters 15-16 of Pro Roscio, available here.

It is not high quality ARLT-type recording, and there is at least one stumble, but it may be useful…

Podcasts on Latin set texts

Some audio on GCSE Latin texts produced for Camden School for Girls has been generously put on line here:

Subjects are Lycaeon, Baucis and Philemon, Town and Country Mouse, City Hour by Hour, Country Spring and Sights, Sounds and Seasons of the Countryside.

The new audio is on the ArLT website

You saw video of ArLT members making the recordings.

You read that the CDs are ready to buy.

Now those recordings of the 2009-2010 set texts are also on line here.

There are 11 tracks of Aeneid 12 for A level and 8 tracks of Aeneid 6 for GCSE.

Links from the above (Vergil) page lead to other authors, for those taking the alternative poetry.

Readings of OCR verse prescriptions ready

The CD of 2008-9 Latin verse prescriptions for the OCR exams read by ArLT members is now ready. See the flyer here.

Eventually these will also be freely available on line – watch this space – but at £2 a CD or tape, freely copiable, you might as well order now! Obviously the CD will be in higher quality audio.

If you haven't yet watched the CD being recorded, have a look here.

Lots of people are listening to Latin

Evan Millner, who runs the Latinum Podcast site, has sent this cheering piece of news:

Thought you might be interested that Latinum had 98 000 audio file downloads in August, double the amount that were downloaded in July. That is around 3 000 audio files of Latin downloaded per day.

The site has changed in appearance since my last visit, with lavish pictures and a really big index. Worth a visit.